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 04 Oct 2023


The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) has taken a significant step towards enhancing port security and strengthening global security by formalizing its partnership with the Interpol National Central Bureau for Namibia. In a ceremony held last week, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organizations, marking a momentous milestone in their working relationship.

Among the key features of this MoU, one of the primary objectives is to provide Namport with direct access to the INTERPOL INFORMATION SYSTEM. This access will empower Namport to boost the law enforcement efforts of the Namibian Police (Nampol) and further enhance security measures within Namibia's ports.

Namport, as the authority responsible for the development and management of ports in Namibia, not only serves the country's trade needs but also acts as a crucial gateway to international markets for neighboring countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.

Recognizing the critical role that Namport plays in port security and the overall security of Namibia, the organization ensures the safeguarding of the country's borders and maritime interests. Given the international obligations under agreements, including the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), Namport upholds specific security measures to protect both its ports and vessels.

Mr. Andrew Kanime, the Chief Executive Officer of Namport, stated during the signing ceremony, "The MoU signing represents a significant milestone in not only enhancing Namibia's port security but also contributing to global security at large."

Lieutenant-General Joseph Shimweelao Shikongo, the Inspector General of the Namibian Police, urged both parties to explore further areas of potential cooperation in the ongoing effort to combat crime and ensure the full adherence to the terms and conditions of the MoU.

This collaboration underlines Namport's unwavering commitment to safeguarding port integrity, strengthening international partnerships, and protecting the global supply chain, which is of immense value. In a world where ports remain pivotal hubs in the global economy, this initiative reinforces the necessity of continuous and proactive measures to counter threats and maintain the security and efficiency of these vital centers of commerce.


SOURCE: Namport